Looking Over NCAA Betting’s Best Running BacksPosted by: Anthony Yaylor
The NCAA betting season isn’t here, yet. But the fact that the season hasn’t started only means that bettors have more time to size up this year’s predictions, and scope out the current landscape around the nation.
Around this time, sports analysts are all eager to make predictions about what the college football season will turn out like, which programs will make the playoffs, and what matchups we can expect come bowl season. Of course, the NCAA college football future odds offer an insight into this picture, but how things will actually turn out is anybody’s guess.
Nevertheless, NCAA betting players can gain further insight into this year’s college football season by sizing up teams’ running back situation across the nation. The country lost a lot of great runningbacks to last year’s NFL draft; Leonard Fournette and Christina McCaffrey, but knowing where the best remaining talent lies around the nation will certainly help bettors with their future predictions. So, here are the best running backs in the country.
No. 1 – Saquon Barkley – Penn State
Barkley has channeled his inner Barry Sanders in the short time he’s had with the Nittany Lions, doing the best he can with a mediocre offensive line. But Penn State’s offensive line has been making steady improvements these last couple of years, and the NCAA college football future odds are expecting both Barkley and the Nittany Lions to capitalize on that this season. Barkley may not light up the stats sheet like the other players on this list, but you can be certain that he’ll find his way into the highlight reel week in and week out.
No. 2 – Derrius Guice – LSU
It’s not easy to replace Fournette, but if there’s one man who can do it’s Derrius Guice. The nation got a good glimpse at the man who would replace Fournette last season, since Fournette had to deal with an ankle injury for most of the season. The stats are enough to get LSU excited about Guice and although he isn’t as big as Fournette, he still has all the speed and style to make him dangerous.
No. 3 – Bo Scarbrough – Alabama
Scarbrough has a booming reputation, but his results don’t always back up what people expect from him. Granted, Scarbrough has been plagued by injuries recently, including a broken leg during the national championship. Nevertheless, Bo is a force to be reckoned with when he’s healthy. Unfortunately his health isn’t a guarantee. And since Alabama doesn’t have a solid player at the quarterback position, their offense could stumble early in the season.
No. 4 – Kamryn Pettway, Auburn
Auburn had quite the conundrum at their running back position. With Peyton Barber leaving for the NFL, the program wasn’t exactly sure who would take the reins in the backfield. Although Kerryon Johnson ended up leading the team with 11 touchdowns, the real star ended up being Pettway, who rushed for 1,224 yards. Now Auburn is expecting Pettway to pick up right where he left off.